Tis The Season – For a Halloween Gift!

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Yes, yes, I know that Halloween gifts are not traditional, but really, why not?  Aren’t you tired of giving (and receiving) pumpkin shaped cookies and trays of candied and caramel apples?  Why NOT give a Halloween gift instead?

Giving a Halloween gift can be a unique and unusual way to show someone that you care about them, and it can show them your true individuality, not just in giving a gift for a Holiday on which gifts are not traditionally exchanged, but by putting a bit of your own uniqueness into your choice of Halloween gifts.

Halloween gifts can be as simple, or as complex as you want them to be.  If you are looking for simple, try things like Halloween-themed socks and shirts, both of which are available at most clothing stores at this time of year.  Wrap them up in black or orange tissue paper and tie them with contrasting ribbon.  Another simple gift is scented candles.  Choose things like pumpkin, vanilla, spice, cinnamon or candles in colors that bring to mind the season and the holiday.  Add in a creative Halloween-themed candle-holder and you’re sure to have a hit!

If you want to be a little more creative, try putting together a gift basket tailored to the individual you are giving it to.  Purchase a black or orange basket – or better yet, a plastic trick-or-treat pumpkin, and fill it with strange and unusual things such as you would put in a Christmas stocking; bookmarks, jewelry, pens, pencils, notebooks and other similar items.

The idea of the gift basket can be adapted for everyone on your gift list.  From plastic pumpkins used to hold stocking-like items for children, to more creatively decorated baskets to fill with candles and soaps and other seasonal items, you can fill your baskets with traditional Halloween items or choose a theme, such as vampire, wizard or other topic and choose your gifts accordingly.  No matter what you choose to put in them, however, you will definitely make a distinct impression with a Halloween gift basket.

For the truly gothic-minded, try purchasing something special that is black or vampire-themed for those on your gift list.  If you are working on a tight budget, try visiting your local craft store where you can buy plain black handkerchiefs, hats or t-shirts which you can then decorate simply with everything from buttons to patches to iron-on decals.

Then of course there are books that you can purchase for those who are interested in topics ranging from the history of Halloween to superstitions, mysterious disappearances, crop circles, alien contact and topics like spell-casting and Wiccan based themes.

No matter what type of gift you choose, and no matter how you choose to wrap or present it, know that by giving a Halloween gift you will be creating your own Halloween tradition, and one which could very well catch on for everyone involved.

Source: http://education.ezinemark.com/tis-the-season-for-a-halloween-gift-7d312b6c17c9.html

Fall Gift Bag Ideas

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Create pretty fall-themed gift bags with a variety of simple materials and decorations. Use the hand-decorated bags for any occasion such as birthdays and anniversaries as well as Thanksgiving or Halloween. Children and adults can make a these bags to have on hand when needed at a moment’s notice. Gift recipients may appreciate the crafted bag as much as the gift inside.

 

 

Materials

Buy plain gift bags with handles in assorted sizes and colors like metallic and fall colors. Collect decorations such as cutouts, foam and paper peel-and-stick images that include pumpkins and jack o’ lanterns, gourds, red, orange and yellow fall leaves and flowers. Look for small pieces of mat board to create tags. Other supplies can be markers, decorative papers, double-sided tape, glue sticks, plain and fancy scissors, hole puncher, strips of fall-colored ribbon and a hot glue gun.

Making Bags

 

 

 

Decorative paper gift bags

Lay a handled paper bag on a work table and arrange three or four fall leaves on the side to be decorated. Arrange other decorations as desired for an interesting design. (See the fall gift bag above). When satisfied with the layout, hot glue the leaves to the bag.

To make a gift tag, cut a piece of mat board into a 3 1/2-inch by 2 1/2-inch piece. Snip the corners and punch a hole at the narrow end. Add a bit of decorative paper with double-sided tape and write “A Gift for You” on it with a marker. Slip two strips of ribbon through the hole and hot glue the tag to the center of the bag on top of the fall leaves. Add peel and stick stickers or other paper decorations with a glue stick as desired.

Other Gift Bags

 

 

 

Drawstring gift bag

Make a decorative fall gift bag by cutting two squares of heavy paper (12 inches by 10 inches) with a fall theme. (Expired wallpaper sample book paper works well). Fold the edges in on four sides 1/2-inch on both papers. With white glue, close one of the 10-inch sides to make a neat seam on both sheets. Align the two sheets together, right side out, and use a machine to sew a straight stitch 1/4-inch on the other three sides; leave the glued edge as the top of the gift bag. To add a handle, cut a 14-inch gold cord, tie a knot to each end, then secure to the inside of the bag by slipping them inside the seams at the top when stitching the sides.

Create a pretty fabric drawstring gift bag by stitching three sides (along two long and one short sides), right side in, of two rectangular pieces of fall-themed fabric (12 inches by 8 inches) 1/4-inch from the edge. Turn the bag right side out and iron flat. Fold the fabric at the open end into the bag 2 inches in and iron the crease. Make a small hole at one end of the bag near the top fold. Place a ribbon drawstring into the fold around the bag so the two ends come out of the hole. Straight stitch along the top of the bag just below the drawstring to secure it. Sew on decorative touches like lace and hot glue little flowers or buttons.

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By Natasha Lawrence, eHow Contributor

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Gift Idea Guide for Father’s Day

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Dads, grandfathers, step-dads, uncles, in-laws and anyone who provides the love and support a family needs should be honored and thanked on Father’s Day.

If you haven’t a clue what to shop for, you’re not alone!

That’s why so many gift givers fall back on the same ideas – aftershave colognes, ties and socks!

Before you give up altogether, or just pick up anything  just to have a gift to give, do a little exploring.

I can make a personalized gift basket for dad.  Please feel free to contact me for your unique father’s day gift basket.

Happy Father’s Day!

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

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Mother’s Day is  just around the corner, and the crunch is on to find the perfect gift. Of course, mom says that all she wants is a homemade card and maybe some breakfast in bed. But we know that even the most selfless mothers (and aren’t they all!) wants and deserves a little pampering.

If you’re stuck for the perfect gift idea, then check out our gift baskets. Whether you’re the husband, parent, child or best friend,  you’ll find the perfect gift (in a variety of price ranges) in our Gift Basket Section.

If you want a more personalized gift basket, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Traditional Thanksgiving Decorating

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Thanksgiving is a holiday that is often passed over in the decorating arena as we move from Halloween directly into the Christmas season.  Sure, most of us celebrate Thanksgiving; turkeys are purchased and roasted, pumpkin pies are baked and consumed, cranberry sauce is prepared and served and rolls are devoured by the dozens.  We celebrate this holiday with friends and family.  It is one of the most traveled holidays of the year. And yet, many times we decorate for Halloween and then go straight into Christmas decorating.

Decorating for this holiday does not have to be elaborate to have an impact. Thanksgiving does not require a tree or ornaments.  It does not necessitate going to the store and purchasing copious amounts of seasonal accoutrements.  However, adding a few items to our home decorating to signify the importance and advent of Thanksgiving will help to facilitate a more memorable holiday.

One of the easiest ways to decorate during this time is by using traditional fall colors.  Fall colors include burnt orange, mustard yellow, olive green and rust red. Browns and other earthy and harvest hued colors all have their place in fall’s color palette. A simple way to add Thanksgiving flair to your home decorating is with a fall hued rug.  Adding a rich orange or red rug to your living room will help facilitate your Thanksgiving decorating.  Find a color and hue that will not clash with the basic items you have in the room, furniture, wall color, etc.  You may wish to remove items that are in the room continually throughout the year to make way for fall themed accessories.  Once you have decided on a fall colored rug, add complimentary pillows and artwork.  Baskets and items reminiscent of harvest time have their places in this decorating theme.

Thanksgiving decorating can be carried throughout the house.  You will likely be spending time in the kitchen in preparation for your festive meal.  Adding a mustard yellow or burnt orange rug will immediately bring a change to your kitchen’s appearance.  Wooden pumpkins and kitschy pilgrims can be placed atop counters or cabinets.  You may choose to use a traditional cornucopia as the centerpiece of your dining room and add an autumn runner rug in front of your food serving area to delineate traffic flow.

Fall colors can be added to bedrooms with special blankets or sheets.  Bathrooms can be perked up by changing towels and rugs to fall colored ones. Even the exterior of your house can be decorated easily with the addition of Thanksgiving wreaths on the exterior doors and outdoor rugs places to welcome visitors to your home.

This is an important time of year that many of us celebrate.  Adding to the festive feel can be easy when you enhance your decoration by adding Thanksgiving touches.  Utilizing fall colors will transform your home into a Thanksgiving decorated living area.  Adding rugs and changing textiles are simple ways to change the look and feel of our home and make it feel decorated for the holiday season and festivities.

Fran is an expert contributing author happy sharing her ideas about home decorating for thanksgiving. She offers a variety of tips and ideas including her favorite source for red rugs and other colored area rugs.

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